Taught course


Imperial College London · Department of Mathematics

Entry requirements

A first degree, normally of at least Upper Second Class Honours, in Mathematics, Statistics or a related subject, such as Engineering or Physics. We expect the equivalent standard for an international qualification. If you are unsure whether your non-UK qualification meets the entry requirement, contact ns.admissions@imperial.ac.uk The English language requirements for applicants to this course can be found here. There is no GMAT requirement.

Months of entry


Course content

Statistical methods are becoming more and more prevalent in business, industry, technology, government, and academia. As such there is a wide choice of career opportunities for well qualified statisticians. UK employers face difficulties in finding such individuals. Illustrations of career opportunities are medical research and drug development (the pharmaceutical sector is mandated by law to carry out statistical experiments and employs thousands of statisticians), banking (statistical models play a central role in both personal and investment banking), government (the Government Statistical Service employs some 1200 professional statisticians), and cutting edge web employers (squeezing information from masses of internet data requires sophisticated statistical methodology). Moreover, the demand for statistical expertise is growing as automatic electronic data acquisition means that more and more massive databases are being compiled and that industry, business, and government are ever more reliant on automated statistical routines for trolling enormous data archives.

The discipline of statistics itself continues to grow, as new methods and tools are developed, and in many areas a Master's degree is the qualification of choice, providing a broad and deep foundation in the subject.

Overall, the discipline of statistics offers the opportunities for highly remunerated, intellectually challenging, and socially beneficial employment in an exceptionally wide range of areas.

The MSc distinguishes itself from other programmes at leading UK Universities through the breadth and the depth of the Optional Courses. A further distinct feature of the proposed programme consists in the strong links of the Statistics Section to the financial and industrial sectors. This will be a particular benefit in relation to the major project, which can be conducted in conjunction with an external partner.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

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